Stories

Discover more about Scotland’s heritage and how we’re working to protect it.

Open for winter

Winter need not be the stay-at-home season. Make the most of the shorter days with our helpful guide to what’s open this winter 2019-20.

Scottish scones at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

The baker at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum has created some delicious and unconventional scone recipes, inspired by traditional Scottish ingredients. Try baking these at home or pop along to Alloway to see what’s on offer today.

Epic USA trip begins for Burns violin

David Hopes, the Trust’s Head of Collections & Interiors, embarks on a tour of the USA with the Burns violin.

Scottish food traditions

With our rich rivers and seas, and fertile fields, Scotland has been blessed with great produce. And while some of our culinary traditions date back thousands of years, other Scottish food and drink trends are just getting started ...

Burns violin brings sound of Scotland to US

A violin with links to Robert Burns is going on a tour of the US this January.

Chief Executive confirms retirement plans

Chief Executive Simon Skinner is retiring in May 2020.

Tam o’ Shanter

This epic poem about witches and ghouls is a fantastic celebration of Burns’s hometown of Alloway, and demonstrates his love of the traditional tales he was told as a child.

Blooming gorgeous – winter aconite

This is the first of our Blooming Gorgeous instalments of the year, to celebrate St Abb’s Head NNR’s 40th Trust anniversary! Up first is a wintry little sprite known by the name of winter aconite.